DhvaniNature and Culture of Sound by: Subhash Chandra Malik
This volume explores the various complex conceptual dimensions of sound: ranging from its mystical and traditionally meta-physical to its present-day developments, from its perceptions in indigenous musical theory to its futuristic applications.
Year Of Publication: 1999
Pages : viii, 175
Bibliographic Details : 9 Figures; 2 B/w photos
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Foreword By : Kapila Vatsyayan
Size: 25 cm.
Weight: 700 gm.
Dhvani (Sound/Nada) is a profound experience that envelopes us from birth to death. Yet it is not easily fathomed. Its description by an accoustic engineer is very different from that of a musician, a linguist, a city planner, or a neurologist. The IGNCA (Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts), New Delhi, organized a 2-day International Seminar: 24-25 October 1994, not only to understand the experiential, cross-cultural perceptions of sound, or not just to discourse about its definitional subtleties as are encountered in the ancient texts of the East and the West; but also to bring together its perceptions in tradition, modern accoustics, and even in the ongoing environmental studies. In todays living conditions, the Dhvani-theme is specially crucial for sound has become a major pollutant both in terms of resonances and accoustics. Assembled in this volume are the presentations of the IGNCA seminar, exploring the various complex conceptual dimensions of sound: ranging from its mystical and traditionally metaphysical to its present-day developments, from its perceptions in indigenous musical theory to its futuristic applications. With focus around five thematic areas of the seminar: (a) Sound as the Source of Creation and Sources of Sound, (b) Sound and the Senses, (c) Sound and Space, (d) Sound and Time, and (e) Symbols of Sound and Sonic Designs, the authors open up the possibilities of interaction among different disciplines involved in the study of dhvani-phenomenon.
Sound as the Source of Creation
Sources of Sound
1. Sound All Ways
2. What Silence Means to Music
3. Relationship Between Voice and Instruments in the Indian Tradition
–Prem Lata Sharma
Sound and the Senses
4. Communication Through Sound in Animals
5. Soundscape and Acoustic Ecology
Sound and Time
6. The Predicament of Raga Music
–Raghva R. Menon
7. From a Sound Observatory to a Sound City
Sound and the Senses
8. Setu Saman: Its Meaning and Background
9. Conceptual Aspects of Sound in Shaktism
10. Sound as Harmony : A Case of the Acoustic Environment of Santhals in Bolpur Sriniketan Block, Birbhum
11. Thinking about Sound in Traditional Science
12. Chinese Concept of Sound
13. Importance of Sound in the Tradition of Vedic Chanting
14. Sound according to Different Systems of Indian Philosophy
Symbols of Sound as Sonic Designs
15. Some Spectacular Applications of Sound
16. Measurement and Symbolism of Sound in Indian Music
–M.S. Saratchandra Kumar
List of Contributors